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cute, check out this little guy. it just doesn't get cuter. born without the use of hind legs, this pig let has become an internet sensation after a quick-thinking vet made him a set of legs with knex toys. you can head to for more on his story. thanks so much for starting your morning with us. we've got much more ahead on cnn saturday morning which starts right now. good morning to you, hope you're having a great one so far. i'm susan hendricks. randi and victor are off today. it's 7:00 on the east coast. you know the olympic hero known as blade runner is spending the weekend in jail until his bond hearing on
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tuesday. we're talking about oscar pistorius, he's charged with killing his model girlfriend reeva steenkamp on valentine's day. the reality show is still set to premiere tonight in south africa. listen. >> i'm talking mansions, butlers, sparkling turquoise waters of jamaica. welcome to tropika island of treasure. but paradise is not all that it seems. >> earl barnette joins us now on the phone. and her family is speaking out about this horrible loss. what are they saying? >> well, the family is understandably grieving. and they're wanting privacy from the media during this very difficult and tragic time for them. they won't be appreciative of the fact that the producers behind tropika island paradise
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five are going ahead with plans to air the reality show, premiere it today here in south africa and continue to do so for the duration of the program. now they have said they intend to precede the program with a tribute to the 29-year-old former cover model who was killed on valentine's day in the home of oscar pistorius. but still, many here in south africa are wondering if it's inappropriate considering this high-profile case and the fact that one of the stars of this reality show has been killed. meanwhile, oscar pistorius' representatives have denied the murder charge in the strongest terms. both the prosecuting and defending teams will wait until tuesday when hearings have been delayed. and so oscar pistorius will stay in jail until then. the prosecution is claiming that he purposely murdered reeva steenkamp on valentine's day with multiple gun shots. it's a shocking, tragic, and
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horrific story. and the airing of this reality show is really just the latest bizarre twist. >> yeah, may be hard for the family to watch that reality show. thanks so much. we now know how cop killer christopher dorner's life came to an end earlier this week. investigators say it wasn't from smoke or fire from the burning cabin he was holed up in. but from a single gun shot wound to the head. nick valencia has been following this story very closely. that answers one question. but we also are wondering whose bullet was it? did he have the guns himself? >> right. and police said that bullet, the sound it made was distinctly different from the gunfire during the shootout. so the autopsy as you mentioned reveals he died from a single, probably self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head. how much of a part did police play in his death?
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those final hours in this man hunt, if you remember the cabin burst into flames. file tape from big bear lake where his life ended. so people are asking, they overheard on scanner traffic burn the house down. people are asking did they intentionally set fire to that? but in a press conference yesterday, the san bernardino sheriff's department res rated they did not set fire to the cabin intentionally and reiterated dorner's cause of death. >> while we're still compiling the information and putting our reports together, the information that we have right now seems to indicate that the wound that took christopher dorner's life was self-inflicted. >> also in that press conference, authorities displayed the weapons, the arsenal of weapons that dorner was found with. up to 30 weapons including assault rifles, semiautomatic handguns, tear gas, even had a military style helmet. this was a very heavily -- >> you got back from big bear,
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describe what it was like during one of the largest manhunts ever in that area. >> there's a lot of anxiety. a lot of anxiety, a lot of unnerved people throughout southern california. there was a collective sigh of relief when he was caught. i was there in big bear, 100 yards, susan away from the command post is where dorner decided to set up shop. if you go back and read his manifesto, you can see that he says it was a target-rich environment command centers. we don't know why he didn't decide to pull the trigger against authorities. you can see 100 yards away is where he decided to hide out. it's still an unanswered question. and we won't know that, of course, because dorner is now deceased. >> yeah, he was on a mission and not afraid to die. nick, thanks so much for that report. >> thank you. to crime and politics now. jesse jackson jr. says he's guilty of misusing campaign
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funds. the former congressman reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. jackson and his wife were accused of using around $750,000 from his campaign. on personal items. his wife who was also his campaign manager also is facing charges. facebook says it is the latest company to be a victim of an internet hacking attack. the social media giant says that no user info was compromised, though. some of their computers were infected by malware in january. in the last month, hackers have also gone after twitter, the "new york times" and the "wall street journal." now to outer space and the asteroid that narrowly missed earth. maybe not so close, though it was around 17,000 miles away. this is what it looked like through a high-powered telescope. it is about half the size of a football field. you know, there were lots of reasons to look up in the sky this week. the asteroid, one of them, lightning strikes at the vatican, another.
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and then the meteor in russia, it came in a flash and a big bang, but as mary snow reports, maybe we shouldn't have been that surprised about it. >> reporter: it came out of nowhere. the bright streak in the sky up long enough for people to catch it on camera as it lurched toward earth and exploded. a deafening boom followed. the sonic boom shattered glass. at least 1,000 people in the bulls eye of the falling meteor were injured. it's a bombing says this man, people didn't know what to make of it. meteorites are reported to have scattered across three regions of russia. there's one report of a chunk smashing a hole in a frozen lake. as frightening as it was, scientists say it's not that rare to have meteors falling out of the sky. what's not common is when they
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hit largely populated areas. >> small bodies like that hit the earth regularly every year there's probably several. mostly over oceans and happened over the pacific ocean somewhere, maybe a ship might have seen it. >> reporter: the curator at the american museum of natural history. he says the fact this meteor struck the same day the asteroid had a close encounter with earth is a coincidence. he says the meteor in russia was too small to be detected and left him unnerved. >> yes, we can predict things. we know the laws of gravity and so forth, we can predict what's going to happen down the road. but the interplay of all these together is such to make it kind of scary in a way. >> the last time something of this size occurred that we know
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about was more than 100 years ago and also happened in russia. back in 1908, an asteroid exploded over a remote area of siberia leveling roughly 80 million trees. susan? >> all right, mary snow, thank you. that meteor not only shook russia, it shook the astronomy world, as well. why some scientists are saying a meteor alert system is critical. he was shunned from the fashion industry for anti-semitic remarks, why is the jewish community now defending john galliano. all systems go for an historic airline merger. does that mean you'll pay more for tickets? what the deal means for your wallet. the patient, presented with
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check this out. on the right hand side of your screen, a small fire lit up the sky over san francisco just a few hours ago like a fire ball. it's likely a small meteor burning up in the atmosphere. you see it there. we don't know the source of the light as of yet and are still efforting an official statement. a fire ball in the night sky was nothing compared to this. a blast over russia after another meteor exploded injuring more than 1,000 people. the managing editor at between all of this and the giant asteroid narrowly missing earth yesterday, it seems like really the sky is falling. any connection between these rocks heading toward us? >> well, nasa says no. the asteroid that we saw just
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whizzed by earth yesterday. they were coming in completely different directions. because of that, they're just random events that happened to occur at the same time. a really big coincidence. >> were you surprised to hear about the russian meteor? how rare is that? >> the russian meteor was a complete surprise to astronomers and, obviously, the public. it's fairly rare once every 100 years do you have this kind of event. the last one we saw in 1908, and that was a pretty devastating one, as well. but to have it occur over a populated area, documented with these youtube videos and whatnot, it's a very clear example of the power these space rocks can punch. >> yeah, it looked like a scene from a movie really more than anything. i can't imagine the fear being there. how would you describe this meteor? was it relatively small considering? >> yeah, you know, for what it was, it was a fairly small
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meteor. about 50 feet across, maybe a bus or an suv, a couple of suvs together. the one that whizzed by later in the day was much bigger than that, half of a football field, something like that could cause much more damage. all things considered, you know, it's good that it was relatively small. now, it does show you that there are a lot of space rocks out there to keep track of. and, you know, perhaps an increase in that monitoring program might be the best way to go. >> well, we knew that the asteroid was coming. why didn't we know about this one over russia? >> this one over russia was very small and it was coming in from a different angle. the one -- the asteroid that came by in the afternoon was discovered last year, actually by astronomers. and they were able to follow it for that entire time. and it was much larger, 150 feet across. so these smaller ones, 50 feet or so, they're hard to spot
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because of their size. this one came in fairly fast too. and just basically astronomers weren't looking for it in that direction. >> one thing is notification, the other is preventing this from happening again. what is nasa doing to prevent this? and can they do anything about it? >> nasa does have a program called space guard where they work with astronomers all over the world to look for these new asteroids, ones that are going to fly by earth. still, it's a small net when you think about how big the solar system is. sometimes these asteroids will whiz by us and no one knows. increasing that is probably going to be something nasa and the government will want to look at. more eyes on earth, more eyes in space with space telescopes. both government and public ones, private ones. you know, those types of efforts would help find these threats, hopefully before they become a serious problem. and we might have something to
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do about it. >> it certainly is fascinating and something else to worry about. thanks so much. >> well, thank you for having us. two more airlines are about to join forces. that has some worried that it will send airfare soaring. we're going to tell you the latest airline merger and what it means for you. [ male announcer ] there are only so many foods that make kids happy. and even fewer that make moms happy too. with wholesome noodles and bite sized chicken, nothing brings you together like chicken noodle soup from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do.
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taking a look at some of the top business stories of the week. walmart stock took a nose dive on friday after an internal e-mail published by bloomberg news quoted an executive saying that february sales were a quote total disaster. the news came around 2:30 p.m. shortly after that, take a look. the stock for the world's largest retailer plummeted before making a slight recovery. stiffny tiffany is suing co. tiffany says costco falsely marketed diamond rings as being real tiffany jewels. the rings were sold in store, other high-end rings sold online. the retailer says it wants triple the profits costco made off the rings plus $2 million for every tiffany-style model that is sold. high-end electric car maker tessla is sparring over the "new york times" over a negative review of the super charger stations. a times reviewer took a road
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trip stopping to recharge at new super charger stations. but according to his review, the stations were less than impressive and ended up having the car towed because he ran out of power. tessla ceo elan musk disspace suit disputed the claims. a deal six months in the making is finally through. it went through this week. the merger between u.s. airways and the bankrupt american airlines, the newly formed carrier will be the world's largest, but it has some customers worried about possible fare increases. ali velshi explains what it means for fliers. >> if regulators allow it, u.s. airways is going to take over a bankrupt american airlines creating the world's biggest airline in the process. the newly merged company will keep the american airlines name. and while the deal is probably good for investors, passengers worry that airfares will shoot up as competition disappears. now, i talked to the ceos of
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both companies when they announced the merger. and they said passengers will not see fare hikes. >> we're going to take two airlines highly complementary, to the same number of places, which is actually good for the consumers of both airlines. there won't be a reduction in supply, so therefore no reason to believe there would be an increase in pricing. >> so why would we take the ceo's word for it? take a look at this. prices for an average domestic economy airfare have dropped from 199 from $579 then to $365 now. at the same time, the number of airlines has been shrinking after airline deregulation came into effect, there were 20 major airlines in the u.s., by 1990, only 12 in operation, today just seven, and with u.s. air and american merging, we'll be down to six. u.s. air and american don't have a lot of overlapping routes or hubs. in the end, there'll be about eight routes out of the combined
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900 or so that will only be served by one airline. how about the state of north dakota? they have the fewest number of residents who say they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. that's according to a new gallup survey. i want to break it down for you, topping the list, the nation's capital, washington, d.c. at 10%, hawaii was the next at 5.1%, tieing for third, vermont and oregon at 4.9%. just 1% of north dakotans say they are gay or lesbian, 1.7%. american soccer player robby rogers has made an amazing revelation. he says he's gay and retiring from professional soccer. he says soccer has been his escape and hid his, quote, secret but now he wants to discover himself away from the game. he played with the u.s. national team before transferring to england's league united.
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there are no current major league soccer players who are openly gay. so what is confidence? a jeopardy team tournament contestant named leonard cooper going viral with what could be the coolest final jeopardy question ever. take a listen. >> did he get it -- >> on june 6th, 1944, he said, the eyes of the world are upon you. now we go to leonard cooper. he's looking pretty happy. why? did he come up with dwight david eisenhower? >> no, i didn't. >> some guy in normandy but i just won $75,000. you did, indeed. >> he says who is some guy in normandy but i just won $75,000. he still had a chance of losing if his opponent got it right. and the correct question is dwight d. eisenhower, just so you know. people thought oscar pistorius may have shot his girlfriend thinking she was an intruder, but police say that's not the case.
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